The Gottesman Libraries maintain substantial collections representing the use of elementary and secondary school textbooks and other teaching materials in the development of education. Notable collections include:

  • American textbooks published before 1900.
  •  a collection of international education textbooks and documents, often proven unobtainable in their country of origin.
  • the complete set of textbooks published by Ginn; and the David E. Smith Collection of writings on mathematics education. 
  • Textbooks from the 20th century represent a selective variety of publishing houses and a wide variety of subjects. 
  • Printed curriculum courses of study date primarily from the 20th century and reflect teaching practice in all disciplines across the country, with newer materials available online and older materials on microfilm. 
  • Non-print curriculum collections include audiovisual materials, three-dimensional objects, printed games, children’s artwork, exemplary software and multimedia, and numerous other resources used in teaching and learning.    

To search the curriculum collection on Educat+, click the Advanced Search option and change the Search For selection to Curriculum:

You can also search by Subject, both in a general Educat+ and in Curriculum specifically. For an introduction to subject headings and searching by them in Educat+, see Searching by Subject on Educat+

Textbooks have particularly tricky subject headings. The usual format for them is this: 

[school subject]--Study and Teaching ([level]) 

This format works for almost all subjects and levels. For example, if I want to find geography textbooks for elementary school children or art textbooks for continuing education students, I would use Advanced Search, change the field to Subject, and search respectively: 

Geography--Study and Teaching (elementary) 

Art--Study and Teaching (continuing education) 

A few things to be aware of here is that the names of the subjects and levels are not always intuitive. For example, you need to search "mathematics" not "math" as a subject. To check for the authoritative subject heading for the subject you are interested in, you can consult the Library of Congress's Authorities, or just ask a librarian. 

Here is a list of the possible terms for levels: 

  • Early childhood
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Middle school
  • Secondary
  • Higher
  • Graduate
  • Continuing Education (or sometimes just "Continuing")

Finally, it might seem non-intuitive, but if you search "textbook" as a subject, you won't get textbooks, you will get books that are about textbooks, that is, they have textbooks as their subject.

As always, if you have questions, just submit a ticket and a librarian will help you with your search.